Here is his best-known piece, the Adagio for Strings, used almost continuously in the film Platoon:
Here is one more, the Summer Music for wind quintet - a little more obscure, but among the best of its kind, I think:
Although he was mentioned in the first page of this thread I will second the nomination of pianist and composer Henry Mancini. Anyone who could craft the song which follows is worthy of the term "favorite"! Experiment in Terror
I've found scattered (and scant) references to Bob Dylan smoking a pipe, in his lyrics and elsewhere.
...what was in that pipe? Various things at various times, would be my guess. Maybe none of it tobacco, but he certainly liked being photographed with a cigarette, didn't he? And a Cigar:
As for that other picture that circulates of him with a pipe--Its quite clearly no pipe at all, but the handle of his walking cane.
And then there's Henry David Thoreau, an accomplished flute player, as well as a great writer; "I have a faint recollection of pleasure derived from smoking dried lily-stems, before I was a man. I had commonly a supply of these. I have never smoked anything more noxious." He went to the trouble of collecting and drying them, I daresay he smoked them in a pipe, it being the common way to smoke at the time. He mentions pipes and pipe smoking many times in writing, as a description of his townsfolk. In fact, he had this to say about his cell-mate during his infamous one night in jail;
"As near as I could discover, he had probably gone to bed in a barn when drunk, and smoked his pipe there; and so a barn was burnt." Oops. :mrgreen:
I like this thread! Somebody mentioned Nickel Creek--I've been meaning to give them a good listen.
I didn't know Mingus was a pipesmoker. He sure didn't fit the type, being easily angered. But if he was, he was surely on top. The Mingus recordings of the 50s are some of the greatest music ever made. I was lucky to see him live twice.